Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2011.
I feel like the garden is pausing momentarily between spring and summer here in USDA Hardiness Zone 5b. There are blooms but it doesn’t seem quite as wild as spring did.
Diervilla lonicera, northern bush honeysuckle, is blooming in the front garden, attracting bees and other pollinators. This native shrub is a new shrub in my garden, planted last year as part of the garden re-design.
Also blooming in the front garden is Triteleia ‘Rudy’, Ithuriel’s Spear.
Behind it is Heuchera ‘Mocha’.
On the side of the house, tucked out of the way where it can’t hurt anyone, Opuntia sp. cactus is ready to bloom.
People are surprised that cactus are hardy in Indiana, but here is proof that some are.
On the other side of the house, I still have common ditch lilies, Hemerocallis fulva, blooming.
I plan to eventually pull these out and replant something nicer here, but eventually hasn’t arrived yet. Perhaps I will dig them up once they finish blooming in a week or so?
In the back, in Ploppers’ Field, the first of the daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) just started to bloom. This particular one is ‘Longstocking’, I think.
It is either an unusual form (UF) or a spider type daylily. I’m trying to buy just those types because I like them better than the other types and it gives me focus when I see the 50,000 varieties of daylilies available.
Yes, I also still have ‘Stella D’Oro‘ blooming in my garden.
|Hemerocallis ‘Stella D’Oro’|
Our break up isn’t going very well.
Nearby, one of the first of the lilies is blooming.
It is possibly Lilium cerneum. Possibly.
What else is blooming? Well, clematis is blooming, including Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, which I have given the common name Fairy Vine.
|Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’|
And larger clematis are also blooming, including this “name forgotten and tag lost” (NFTL) clematis.
It’s actually blooming in the vegetable garden along the fence where I plan to grow more flowers and clematis. (Don’t remind me that I haven’t planted those flowers yet!)
Over in the high summer garden, known as August Dreams Garden, some flowers including Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ are confused and have started to bloom now.
|Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’|
It’s not supposed to bloom until August. Perhaps it is confused because early June felt like August with record setting and near record setting high temperatures? I’m going to cut off the blooms on two of the three plants now and see if the plants bush out as a result, increasing the blooms of August. I suspect I should have done that in May, when I cut back asters and mums.
Finally, I would like to make note of one other bloom that I think is keeping the rabbits out of my vegetable garden. It is one of their favorite foods and I’m more than happy to grow it for them if it means they will leave the green beans in the garden for me. May I present…
|Clover for the rabbits|
Is this the new secret weapon in my on going, years long battle with rabbits?
Time will tell, as it always does in a garden.
What’s blooming in your garden?
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence